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Scheduled Service Change: Video on Demand Download Feature--May Impact Prev. Uploaded Media

Event:
2017-07-30 09:00:00
Expected Duration:
2017-07-30 12:00:00
Status:
Closed
Brief Description:
On Sunday July 30, 2017, we are broadening the options available to let owners allow others to download copies of their media. The change may impact existing users if they had already found and enabled the download feature.
User Impact:
The download feature was previously enabled to allow owners only to download their media. If someone had previously done so, and had the publishing status of their media set to anything other than "Private", this change will mean that media can, after the change, be downloaded by anyone able to view the media in the VOD, not just the owner. However, the download feature was never previously advertised or documented, so the expected number of users impacted by this is small.
Services Affected:
Video Streaming & Hosting
Subsites Affected:
Video on Demand
Full Description:
By user request on Sunday July 30, 2017 we are broadening the options available to let owners allow others to download copies of their media from the Video on Demand (VOD) site. While we feel this will increase the overall utility of this feature and will be implementing changes specifically requested by our users, the change may impact existing users if they had already found and enabled the download feature.

Previously, the VOD service included a download option that allowed only owners the option to download a copy of their own media from the VOD site. If a user had enabled this download feature, which previously only allowed the owner of the content to download their media, the change may expose some media previously enabled for download to be downloadable by all viewers, not just the owner.

Users who have not previously enabled the download feature on any of their media will not be affected and do not need to take any action. Documentation on how to make media available for download can be found at: https://it.cornell.edu/vod/share-your-media#section-4.

If users had previously enabled the download feature they will want to check the publishing status of their media before Sunday, July 30, 2017, as the impact of this change will depend on their media's publishing status.

- If the publishing status of their media is set to “Private” there will be no direct impact from this change.

- If the publishing status of their media is set to “Unlisted” this will mean that anyone with a link to the video will be able to download it.

- If the publishing status of their media is set to “Published,” then anyone with access to the VOD channel where the media is published will be able to download it. By default this will be any member of the Cornell community with a NetID and password. However, if the user has created a more restricted channel, then only users who have access to view that channel will be able to download content.

If a user is unsure of their media’s published status, they can follow the instructions on: https://it.cornell.edu/vod/share-your-media#section-1.

If a user is unsure where their media is published, they can follow the instructions on: https://it.cornell.edu/vod/use-channels-video-demand.

If a user needs to change the status of previously uploaded media, they can follow the instructions at https://it.cornell.edu/vod/share-your-media#section-4.

Questions can be directed to the IT Service Desk at itservicedesk@cornell.edu



Timeline of Changes

Description Current Status Date Time
By user request on Sunday July 30, 2017 we are broadening the options available to let owners allow others to download copies of their media from the Video on Demand (VOD) site. While we feel this will increase the overall utility of this feature and will be implementing changes specifically requested by our users, the change may impact existing users if they had already found and enabled the download feature. Previously, the VOD service included a download option that allowed only owners the option to download a copy of their own media from the VOD site. If a user had enabled this download feature, which previously only allowed the owner of the content to download their media, the change may expose some media previously enabled for download to be downloadable by all viewers, not just the owner. Users who have not previously enabled the download feature on any of their media will not be affected and do not need to take any action. Documentation on how to make media available for download can be found at: https://it.cornell.edu/vod/share-your-media#section-4. If users had previously enabled the download feature they will want to check the publishing status of their media before Sunday, July 30, 2017, as the impact of this change will depend on their media's publishing status. - If the publishing status of their media is set to “Private” there will be no direct impact from this change. - If the publishing status of their media is set to “Unlisted” this will mean that anyone with a link to the video will be able to download it. - If the publishing status of their media is set to “Published,” then anyone with access to the VOD channel where the media is published will be able to download it. By default this will be any member of the Cornell community with a NetID and password. However, if the user has created a more restricted channel, then only users who have access to view that channel will be able to download content. If a user is unsure of their media’s published status, they can follow the instructions on: https://it.cornell.edu/vod/share-your-media#section-1. If a user is unsure where their media is published, they can follow the instructions on: https://it.cornell.edu/vod/use-channels-video-demand. If a user needs to change the status of previously uploaded media, they can follow the instructions at https://it.cornell.edu/vod/share-your-media#section-4. Questions can be directed to the IT Service Desk at itservicedesk@cornell.edu 2017-07-27 11:02:33